The French love their plays on words almost as much as they loved their reality shows when the genre emerged. So girl band L5 – elles cinq, geddit? – hit absolutely the right note with the record-buying public back in 2001.
I heard their second single, Une étincelle, on the radio at the weekend and can’t get it out of my head.
The song sold over 250,000 copies when it was released in 2002. If that sounds a lot, remember that their debut – Toutes les femmes de ta vie – sold 1.6 million copies.
They were the French Girls Aloud. But for them, like their British counterparts, ahem, life got cold… and they went their separate ways.